Trust provides $1.7M pre-Christmas boost to community groups

6 Dec 2016

Media Release

Community groups across Otago have received a boost of more than $1.7 million thanks to Otago Community Trust.

Moana House, a residential therapeutic community house that supports men with alcohol and drug problems, was the major beneficiary of the trust’s November funding round. The trust approved a $400,000 donation to help extend Moana House’s facilities.

“This funding means a great deal to us,” Moana House programme director Claire Aitken said. “It is a tremendous boost. This project, upon completion, will allow us to make significant improvements to our facilities. We have an ever-growing wait list and we will be able to manage this better, with more beds available, more meeting space and common areas.”

Community groups in Kaitangata and Cromwell also benefited from the Otago Community Trust’s November funding round. Kaitangata Community Centre Charitable Trust was given a $120,000 donation towards the development of its community centre, a facility that will benefit the community of Kaitangata and surrounding districts.

Cromwell Primary School received $150,000 to help build a multi-purpose facility for use by the school, Cromwell Kids Fun Club and the wider Cromwell community. The building, which will be located on the school site, has been designed to seat 350 people. 

Principal Wendy Brooks said the school was delighted to receive the funding. “It is great that organisations like the Otago Community Trust continue to support a wide variety of community projects to maximise the benefit to the community”. 

“On Friday we also heard that we have secured a $200,000 Lotteries grant, which means our long-term vision is now going to become a reality. Our hard work and perseverance have paid off and we are just thrilled,” she said. 

The community trust also made significant contributions to two major sporting projects. The Otago Hockey Association received $200,000 to go towards the development of a full-size all-weather hockey turf at King’s High School in Dunedin and Ice Inline Central Inc received $120,000 to upgrade its ice-skating facilities in Alexandra.

Otago Community Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said investing in a wide variety of community projects is a key strength of the trust. "It is great to see there are so many people working together to make a difference across Otago in a range of diverse areas and it is a privilege to be able to support them.”

The trust’s November funding round also supported 17 community wellbeing organisations with capability funding totalling $60,000. The trust’s capability building fund plays an important role in increasing organisational effectiveness and raising performance in social services and community wellbeing organisations.

Smaller donations approved at the November meeting included $200 to the Southern Cross All Breeds Cat Club; $1200 to the Karitane Bowling Club Inc; and $2000 to the Tokomairiro Community Recreation Centre.

In total, the Otago Community Trust gave a total of $1,743,912 to 67 community organisations in November 2016.


Otago Community Trust Donations, November 2016


Alexandra Primary School Charitable Trust



Alexandra Child Care Centre Inc



Iceinline Central Inc



Kaitangata Community Centre Charitable Trust



Cromwell Primary School



Pisa Range Music Society Inc



Cromwell Film Society



Otago Hockey Assn (1990) Inc



Dunedin Prison Charitable Trust



Servants Health Centre Trust



Connections Education & Development Trust



Ngai Tahu Maori Law Centre



Dunedin Community Care Trust



The Valley Project



Connect South (Dunedin Council of Social Services)



Straight Up Trust



Presbyterian Support Otago



Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Womens Refuge Inc



Youthline Otago Inc



Hills Radio Trust



Youthline Otago Inc



CCS Disability Action Otago Inc



Pacific Trust Otago



iD Dunedin Fashion Inc Soc



Shakti Dunedin



Otago Cricket Assn Inc



Moana House - Downie Stewart Foundation



Metonymic Trust






Roslyn Kindergarten



Talking House Charitable Trust



Athletics Otago Inc



St Kilda Bowling Club Inc



Short Film Otago



Age Concern Otago Inc



Saddle Hill Foundation Trust



Milton Community Health Trust



Tokomairiro Community Recreation Centre



Taieri Musical Society Inc



Outram Charitable Trust



Waitaki Multicultural Council Inc



North Otago BMX Club



Harbour Street Jazz  Incorporated



Hampden School



CCS Disability Action Waitaki Inc



North Otago Harrier & Amateur Athletic Club Inc



Waitaki Community Gardens Trust



Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust



Te Runanga o Moeraki



The Otago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals



Anglican Family Care



Catholic Social Services



Otago Polytechnic - School of Social Services, English Language Centre



Otago Chamber of Commerce



The Parenting Place - Attitude Division



Southern Cross All Breeds Cat Club



Otago Community Hospice Trust



Carers Society Otago



Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ



New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation



Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust



Roxburgh Golf Club



Teviot Valley Community Christian Trust



Karitane Bowling Club Inc



Alpine Community Development Trust



Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust



Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre